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NEWS: Panasonic launches SC-HTB600 and SC-HTB400 soundbars

thedoswells

Well-known Member
I’d say addition of earc and full hdr passthru are sensible upgrades from last years models... be interest to see prices and hear what reviewers think..
 
I just wonder what is the strategy of these sound bars. Panasonic seems to never consolidate progress at every iteration. Last year's bars, some of them were 3.1 but lacked passthrough or eArc, now they do but they go back to 2.1. They will be right at the right price, but it doesn't quite convince me that someone with a Dolby Vision, eARC capable TV is looking for a 2.1 virtual surround system.

But hey, maybe the virtual technology in these new bars do something unexpected to compete with real upward and side facing speakers.
 

Steve Withers

Reviewer
I’d say addition of earc and full hdr passthru are sensible upgrades from last years models... be interest to see prices and hear what reviewers think..
They don't have full HDR passthrough, they only pass HDR10 and Dolby Vision (no HDR10+ support). It seems crazy for the only company that makes TVs and players that support all three versions of HDR to not do the same on its soundbars.
 

thedoswells

Well-known Member
They don't have full HDR passthrough, they only pass HDR10 and Dolby Vision (no HDR10+ support). It seems crazy for the only company that makes TVs and players that support all three versions of HDR to not do the same on its soundbars.
ah ok thanks for the clarification. That really does seem odd that they proudly push their TVs which cover all the formats but leave one out on the soundbars. Sometimes I just don’t understand the thinking behind some of these decisions.
 

Steve Withers

Reviewer
ah ok thanks for the clarification. That really does seem odd that they proudly push their TVs which cover all the formats but leave one out on the soundbars. Sometimes I just don’t understand the thinking behind some of these decisions.
That's exactly what I told them on Tuesday.
 
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